Once this infection occurred I would often (once a week or so) bring out warm buckets of water for the ducks to simply dunk their heads in and give themselves a quick rinse.
Here are 2 links with some of the common duck ailments/issues:
|The kids are huge fans of Max and Ruby so of course our white bunny needed to be named Ruby.|
|Even Winston was a fan of our new bunny!|
|A few of our first chicken eggs!|
|Here is a duck egg between 2 chicken eggs.|
To compare duck eggs to chicken eggs in flavour, for me duck yolks were far superior in flavour. Duck yolks seemed to have a much richer flavour. Duck eggs are also higher in Omega-3's and last longer. But… when it comes to the whites, I actually prefer chicken egg whites. The duck whites have a different texture which was a bit tougher than chicken whites and they just seemed to have less flavour to me. In a nutshell, if I want dippy eggs for bacon I'll go with duck eggs. If I'm wanting scrambled eggs or omelette I'll have chicken eggs.
Here is the nutritional breakdown of Duck eggs vs. Chicken eggs (Source):
Chicken eggs (large egg, 50g):
Duck eggs (70g):
Now, here are some photos of the flock once they were all laying:
|One of our Columbian Rocks… tied with Barred Rocks as my favourite! The were so sweet and every time I would bend over in the run they would take the opportunity to roost on my back!|
|A Poisonous mushroom was growing rampant in the yard. |
I made sure to remove any that were growing in the birds run, although through instinct, they knew not to eat them.
I believe it to be a: Fly Agaric, Amanita muscaria
The Fly Agaric is a common white mushroom with an orangish to red cap. This is the species illustrated in many fairy tales (it occurs both in North America and Europe). Many mushrooms in this genus are extremely poisonous.
|Some yummy snacks from the kitchen. Chickens really do make the best garbage disposals.|
|Early days before installing the large run.|
|Large Run installed with electric fence.|
|Helping Dad make the ladder.|
|birds of a feather flock together.|
|Chasing the Birds!!|